Creating a Hardware Profile in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2
In System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), a profile is a library resource that contains specifications that can be applied to a new virtual machine or a virtual machine template. A hardware profile is a library resource that defines a standard set of hardware configuration settings that we can apply to a new virtual machine or a virtual machine template. We can deploy a virtual machine without a hardware profile, but by using a hardware profiles in conjunction with a virtual machine template ensure that your virtual machine deployment uses a consistent hardware configuration in virtual machines. A hardware profile can contain the following specifications:
- Cloud Capability Profiles
- Processor, Memory
- Video Adapter
- IDE Devices, DVD drives, SCSI Adapter
- Network and Fibre Channel Adapters
- Virtual machine priority
- Memory Weight
- Virtual NUMA (Non-uniform memory access)
To create a hardware profile, perform the following steps:
1. In the VMM console, click the Library workspace. In the navigation pane, expand Profiles, then right-click on Hardware Profiles, and then click Create Hardware Profile.
2. On the New Hardware Profile dialog box, On the General tab, in the Name box, enter a name for the hardware profile. For example, type KTM-WEBSRV. In the Generation box, select Generation 1 or Generation 2, and then click OK.
3. Click the Hardware Profile tab, and then configure the required setting as shown in figures. For example, you can configure the following settings:
- The number of processors
- The amount of static or Dynamic memory
- The logical network
- Whether to make the virtual machine highly available
After you have made your selections, click OK.
4. Verify that the profile was created.
Creating a hardware profile in conjunction with a virtual machine template ensure that your virtual machine deployment uses a consistent hardware configuration in virtual machines. I hope this article will help a lot during creating a hardware profile in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 202 R2.